TechCrunch is citing an unnamed source, and handing out the news that Microsoft’s Bing will be overtaking Google’s position as search provider in the upcoming iPhone OS 4.
Big news? You bet. The rumors have been going on for months, dating back to some talks between Apple and Microsoft in January. The shift also speaks highly of Apple’s battle against Google and iPhone versus Android.
The real question? The money. Google has been forking over some huge money to hold the Maps and Search applications within iPhone OS. You can bet that Microsoft is pushing out the bucks as well.
Is MS going to have to ante up the rumored $100 million/year that Google has? Not likely. We’d be willing to bet that Apple will be handing Microsoft a “friends and family” discount, simply due to the fact that Microsoft isn’t in such a competitive stance against Apple in the mobile market.